Releasing Perfection in the Motherhood Journey

It’s a new year and everything is filled with the promise of a “new you”: a new diet, a new workout regimen, a new commitment, a new routine, a new anything and everything, as if "new" and "better" and "more" is precisely what we need. And as moms we judge ourselves harder than most, because our decisions, our choices spread beyond ourselves and truly impact the little ones in our lives. We hold ourselves to such high standards, we strive for perfection and take on more and more while our plates are already full. Often times we develop an idea of perfection and we reach for it, we reach high. And every day we are faced with so many challenges, and so many chances to overcome these challenges with grace or to be overcome by them. At the end of the day, we may wonder if we moved any closer to that idea of perfection. Did we cover any ground? Will we ever get there?

But where is this idea of perfection coming from? And is anyone really ever achieving it? We live in a world of airbrushing and filters. We see lives portrayed on social media and we think that is life, that is real, that is what we are reaching for. But is it? This world is filled with struggle, and motherhood can be one of the greatest. To step into the identity of a mother and to expect ourselves to walk this journey in perfection, it is perhaps one of the greatest injustices we can do to ourselves.

So release this. Release the idea of perfection. Open up to the mother you are, the mother you are always becoming, and embrace this identity. We can always hope to walk through the journey of motherhood with a little more grace, a little more patience, a little more ease. But we cannot ask ourselves to walk through this journey with perfection. We cannot expect ourselves to match those airbrushed versions of womanhood, those staged and filtered versions of motherhood. The curated images are not the real journey.

Gratitude: An uncomplicated, life-changing practice

It’s proven yet so many of us neglect it, disregard it, ignore it. It will make you happier and sleep better. You will become more resilient and forgive easier. You will experience less anxiety, less depression. It is good for your children, good for their teachers, good for their schools. And the effects on your body are just as impressive: stronger immune system, lower blood pressure, reduced symptoms of illness, and more. 

It is simple. It is GRATITUDE.

Yet so many of us overlook this important thing in life, we breeze past it and say we are too busy.

This simple word, this uncomplicated idea is life-changing, and it is such a powerful tool that we need to welcome into our lives and the lives of our little ones. We work so hard to prepare them for the world, to give them the tools they need to grow and thrive. We research and analyze and second guess so many decisions that we make for them. This is an easy one, and this is a powerful one.

So over the next 2 weeks we will be digging into gratitude. We will be diving deep and giving you some amazing tools to use in your life, in your home, in your busy days to come. Stay tuned mama!